Monday, April 25, 2011

Meat Loaf



I haven't had beef in over a week. WHAT. This is very out of the ordinary for me. I'm making a meatloaf tonight and I plan on having some yummy, low point meatloaf sandwiches in my future. I like how this meatloaf is different in that it incorporates a lot of veggies. Not as good as mom's but honestly, what is? This came from the WW new complete cookbook.



-Ingredients-
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 c finely chopped white mushrooms (I left these out)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 lb lean ground beef (7% fat or less)
1/2 c quick-cooking oats (not instant)
2 large egg whites
3 T ketchup
1 T Worcestershire
2 t finely chopped thyme or 1/2 t dried
1/4 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c tomato puree or tomato sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
3. Add all remaining ingredients except tomato puree to vegetables in bowl; mix well. Press meatloaf mixture into 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch loaf pan.
4. Bake for 3 minutes. Brush tomato puree on top of loaf. Bake for another 30-45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into 8 slices.

Per Serving (2 Slices): 243 cal, 8 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 15 g carb, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein
Points Plus Value: 6

Strawberry Jam

Spring is here and summer is not far! I had about 5 pounds of fresh, ripe delicious strawberries and I knew we would not be able to eat all of them. Wes' dad made the suggestion of making preserves with them. What a wonderful idea! And it made the house smell like a juicy strawberry while it was cooking. It is on the sweet side, but the sugar helps the jam thicken without pectin. Once it set, it is not overly sweet, don't worry! It's perfect :)

-Ingredients-
2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled
4 c white sugar
1/4 c lemon juice

-Directions-
1. Mash the strawberries up until you have about 4 cups.
2. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine mashed strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Stir over low until sugar dissolves.
3. Increase the heat to high and bring to a rolling boil. Boil, while stirring until mixture reaches 220 degrees F. This took me about 10 minutes.
3. If canning, transfer to sterile jars and process in a water bath. If you are using it immediately, just let it cool before refrigerating. YUM.t

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deviled Eggs



Happy Easter everyone! In honor of my favorite Spring time holiday, we made some deviled eggs yesterday. We celebrated the holiday a day early since my parents were able to come in town on Saturday. We had a wonderful time, complete with a water fight! What a blast.

I know I don't need to tell anyone how to make deviled eggs. I think us Southerners are just born with the know how to whip up a delicious batch of creamy deviled eggs. These, however, are lightened up and still delicious!



-Ingredients-

8 large hard boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
4 tbsp light mayonnaise
2 tsp dijon mustard
salt and fresh pepper to taste
4 tbsp chopped chives

-Directions-

Cut eggs in half long ways, scoop yolks out into a bowl. Add the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper. Mash and mix until smooth. Pipe the mixture back into the eggs. Top with chopped chives and paprika, if desired. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Smoked Sausage-and-Vegetable Pile-Up




This recipe was found in WW 5 ingredient 15 minute recipes. I chose to bypass the "15 minute" part and instead of buying pre-chopped veggies, I chopped my own. This is supposed to be an alternative to those "all-in-one" bowls that they have at KFC and the likes but much healthier.


-Ingredients-

Cooking spray
7 oz smoked turkey sausage, diagonally sliced
1 c chopped onion (I used red)
1 c chopped bell pepper (I used yellow)
1 c sliced zucchini (I sliced them into half-moons)
1 20 oz package refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
2 c frozen whole-kernal corn

-Directions-
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; saute 2 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
2. Return pan to heat' recoat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, bell pepper, and zucchini. Coat vegetables with cooking spray; saute 5 minutes or until tender and beginning to brown.
3. While vegetables cook, heat potatoes according to package directions.
4. Add corn and cooked sausage to onion mixture. Saute 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve sausage mixture over mashed potatoes.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 c sausage and vegetables and 1/2 c mashed potatoes).
PointsPlus value: 8

Per serving: CAL 306; FAT 9g (sat 4.6g); PRO 12.9g; CARB 46.2g; FIB 6g; SUG 10.1g; CHOL 37mg; SOD 434mgt

Something New

Ahh! I'm back! I have been SO incredibly busy the past few weeks you don't even want to know what I have been calling "dinner." But here I am ready to get back into the swing of things!

Just as a random FYI... I have started following Weight Watchers. I tried to do it back in the Fall without actually paying for the program... that was hard but I DID lose 10 pounds. However, it was hard to stay motivated when they changed the program and I could no longer access materials for free. I have decided to pay for 3 months in advance so.. expect some healthier recipes! Not to worry, I know WW and dedicated followers have some awesome recipes out there, so we will still be eating some delectameals.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Many Thanks!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the beautiful Sarah Baker at The Zesty Baker for making me the gorgeous delectameals banner on the top of my blog! How awesome is she?

I promise I will post a new meal soon! And something without meat for Mrs. Baker :)